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SILVIA BROOME
Everyone who loses somebody wants revenge on someone, on God if they can't find anyone else. But in Africa, in Matobo, the Ku believe that the only way to end grief is to save a life. If someone is murdered, a year of mourning ends with a ritual that we call the Drowning Man Trial. There's an all-night party beside a river. At dawn, the killer is put in a boat. He's taken out on the water and he's dropped. He's bound so that he can't swim. The family of the dead then has to make a choice. They can let him drown or they can swim out and save him. The Ku believe that if the family lets the killer drown, they'll have justice but spend the rest of their lives in mourning. But if they save him, if they admit that life isn't always just... that very act can take away their sorrow.
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SILVIA BROOME
Vengeance is a lazy form of grief.
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SILVIA BROOME
Listen, I'm scared, and my protector is some one who doesn't believe me.
TOBIN KELLER
You don't look scared...
SILVIA BROOME
People handle fear in different ways, Mr. Keller. It turns some people into stand up comedians. You don't know me at all. Maybe I should talk to someone else about assigning someone to look after me who's better suited to the job.
TOBIN KELLER
My job is not to look after you, it's to look after the man who's been threatened, if there was a threat. My job, as it concerns you, is to investigate you.
SILVIA BROOME
So you're not here to offer me any protection whatsoever?
TOBIN KELLER
No, Ma'am.
SILVIA BROOME
[handing him back his card] And we were getting along so well.
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SILVIA BROOME
What do you do when you can't sleep?
TOBIN KELLER
I stay awake
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SILVIA BROOME
We're "kepéla". It means standing on opposite sides of the river.
TOBIN KELLER
You've got to give me a reason to get to the other side.
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SILVIA BROOME
I walked away from Africa with nothing. No brother, no family, no lover, nothing... Just a belief that words and compassion are the better way. Even if it's slower than a gun.
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SILVIA BROOME
[When Silvia has been hooked up to the polygraph machine] When will I know the results?
TOBIN KELLER
Straight away. You know when you're lying don't you?
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SILVIA BROOME
We don't name the dead.
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SILVIA BROOME
Peace, security and freedom are not finite commodities like land, oil or gold, which one state can acquire at another's expense.
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ROLAND
What is that?
SILVIA BROOME
Come on, Roland, it's my flutes and stuff. I have a lesson tonight. Don't make me drag it down just to drag it back up.
ROLAND
I let you do this, I'm gonna get coats and hats and yogi mats...